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NOUN (2)

1. a machine for performing calculations automatically;
[syn: computer, computing machine, computing device, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system]

2. an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines);
[syn: calculator, reckoner, figurer, estimator, computer]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Computer \Com*put"er\ (k[o^]m*p[=u]t"[~e]r), n. 1. One who computes. 2. (Computers) an electronic device for performing calculations automatically. It consists of a clock to provide voltage pulses to synchronize the operations of the devices within the computer, a central processing unit, where the arithmetical and logical operations are performed on data, a random-access memory, where the programs and data are stored for rapid access, devices to input data and output results, and various other peripheral devices of widely varied function, as well as circuitry to support the main operations. Note: This modern sense of computer comprises the stored-program computers, in which multiple steps in a calculation may be stored within the computer itself as instructions in a program, and are then executed by the computer without further intervention of the operator. Different types of computer are variously called analog computer, number cruncher, number-cruncher, digital computer, and pari-mutuel machine, totalizer, totaliser, totalizator, totalisator. Syn: data processor, electronic computer, information processing system. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 3. (Computers) same as digital computer. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

electronic device \electronic device\ n. a device depending on the principles of electronics and using the manipulation of electron flow for its operation. [PJC] Note: Numerous electronic devices are in daily use, among them the television, radio, computer, robot, transmitter, receiver, VCR, CD player, etc. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

computer n 1: a machine for performing calculations automatically [syn: computer, computing machine, computing device, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system] 2: an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines) [syn: calculator, reckoner, figurer, estimator, computer]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

50 Moby Thesaurus words for "computer": IBM machine, IDA, Teleplotter, Telereader, abacist, accountant, actuary, adder, analog computer, analytical control unit, analyzer, bookkeeper, calculator, coder, collator, compiler, computer hardware, computer unit, data processor, decoder, detector, differential, differential analyzer, digital computer, digital graph plotter, divider, electronic brain, electronic computer, estimator, figurer, hardware, information machine, integrator, memory tubes, multiplier, phase discriminator, position coder, printer, printing calculator, receptor, reckoner, relay, selective calculator, selector, statistician, storage unit, telecomputer, thinking machine, transmitter, tristimulus computer
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

Computer A journal of the IEEE Computer Society. (1995-03-10)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

computer computing A machine that can be programmed to manipulate symbols. Computers can perform complex and repetitive procedures quickly, precisely and reliably and can quickly store and retrieve large amounts of data. The physical components from which a computer is constructed (electronic circuits and input/output devices) are known as "hardware". Most computers have four types of hardware component: CPU, input, output and memory. The CPU (central processing unit) executes programs ("software") which tell the computer what to do. Input and output (I/O) devices allow the computer to communicate with the user and the outside world. There are several kinds of memory - fast, expensive, short term memory (e.g. RAM) to hold intermediate results, and slower, cheaper, long-term memory (e.g. magnetic disk and magnetic tape) to hold programs and data between jobs. See also analogue computer. (1995-03-10)